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November 2, 2012--------News Archive

Single Protein May Be Root of Several Childhood Psychiatric Disorders
New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that dysfunction in the SRGAP3 protein may lead to schizophrenia, hydrocephalus, mental retardation and some forms of autism in childhood

Microscopic Packets of Stem Cell Particles Could be Key to Preventing Lung Disease in Babies
Research suggests that exosomes alone could protect infants' lungs from dangerous inflammation

New Enzyme Inhibitors Promise to Become Valuable Scientific Tool
Early tests in mice suggest an inhibiting compound might also have therapeutic use to suppress a pro-inflammatory molecule in rheumatoid arthristis and has implications for developing approaches to inflammation in general

November 1, 2012--------News Archive

Craniofacial Birth Defects
A group of researchers in Israel, the United States and other nations have made important advances in the rapidly-expanding field of "regenerative medicine," outlining for the first time connections in genetic regulation that normally prevent birth defects in heart and facial muscles

A New Therapy for a Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis
Scientists at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto have established that a drug – recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare form of cystic fibrosis – works in an unconventional way. Their results reveal new possibilities for treating more forms of cystic fibrosis

How to Make Stem Cells – Nuclear Reprogramming Moves a Step Forward
The idea of taking a mature cell and removing its identity (nuclear reprogramming) so that it can then become any kind of cell, holds great promise for repairing damaged tissue or replacing bone marrow after chemotherapy

October 31, 2012--------News Archive

Distinct Developmental Patterns Exist in Children with Autism During First 3 Years
In the largest prospective study to date of children with early and later manifestation of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) compared to children without ASD, researchers found two distinct patterns of language, social and motor development in the children with ASD

Birth Defect Triggers in an Embryo Heart
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found a way to create three-dimensional maps of the stress that circulating blood places on the developing heart in an animal model – a key to understanding triggers of heart defects

Using Planaria to Understand Organ Regeneration
In a new study, scientists have identified genes that control growth and regeneration of the intestine in the freshwater flatworm called planarian Schmidtea mediterranea

October 30, 2012--------News Archive

Watching the Wheels Turn on the Biological Clock
Our master circadian clock resides in a small group of about 10'000 neurons in the brain, called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. However, similar clocks are ticking in nearly all cells of the body

Mediating the Body’s Clock and Metabolism
Over the past several years, researchers have discovered that disturbances to a person’s natural 24-hour wake-sleep cycle impact the body’s metabolism, and increase the risk of developing some cancers, diabetes, and obesity. Scientists have also found several nuclear receptors that play a role in this control. Now, a new study provides more details on how everything fits together

Far from Random, Evolution Follows a Predictable Genetic Pattern
Evolution, often perceived as a series of random changes, might in fact be driven by a simple and repeated genetic solution to an environmental pressure that a broad range of species happen to share, according to new research

October 29, 2012--------News Archive

Autism Early Intervention Found to Normalize Brain Activity in Children as Young as 18 Months
An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found

New Tools to Better Treat ADHD Child in Early Stages
Researchers are presenting new findings on the early treatment of child and adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder this week at the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting in San Francisco

Solving Stem Cell Mysteries
Using a combination of genetic, protein-oriented and physiological approaches involving mouse embryonic stem cells, researchers have uncovered a mechanism that integrates all three networks involved in embryonic stem cell self-renewal and provide a critical missing link to understanding this process

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